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May 9, 2015 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

unnamed (6)Walk into Luxury has introduced a new four-day walk between Cape Naturalist and Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia’s Margaret River region.

The price of $2990 per person twin-share ex Perth includes luxury accommodation, all food and wine including in-villa beverages, post-walk massage, feature experiences, guided walking, luggage and track transfers, and return transfers to Margaret River.

Walking is limited to between three and five hours per day and is along the most spectacular sections of the 135-kilometre Cape to Cape track.

Experiences include feature dinners, a winery lunch, cliff-top sunset drinks and a didgeridoo performance.

Phone 1300 662 452 or visit unnamed (7)

Get off New Zealand’s beaten track for some spectacular scenery.

The New Zealand Government and local communities have invested $80 million in developing Nga Haerenga (The New Zealand Cycle Trail), a 2500-kilometre national network that provides 23 ‘Great Rides’.

Some of the most popular trails include the abandoned gold-mining country and snow-capped peaks of the Otago Central Rail Trail, the West Coast Wilderness Trail, and the mighty rivers and geothermal hot pools on the Te Ara Ahi Trail.


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Cruising through Regensburg … midnight mass in the 500-year-old Gothic cathedral is an option.

A cocktail party hosted by a real princess, a horse-drawn carriage ride through the wintry Bavarian Forest, traditional Christmas markets, an optional midnight mass in a Gothic German cathedral, and a glittering New Year’s Eve ball in a Viennese palace are some of the highlights of Cruise Express’s new 18-night ‘Christmas on the Danube’ itinerary.

Prices start at $11,490 per person twin-share, including return airfares, a four-night Bavarian tour and a 12-night Danube River cruise on board Uniworld’s River Princess.

All meals, beverages, shore excursions and hosted events during the cruise are included.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit

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The Arirang Mass Games … one of the largest and most colourful live performances in the world.

North Korea — one of the last remaining Asian destinations to be unveiled to the Australian tourist market — is now accessible through a 13-day small-group package from Travel Directors.

The tour departs on August 29 and is priced from $10,590 per person twin-share, including return airfares, two nights in Beijing and a journey to Pyongyang on the K27 Express train.

Highlights include visiting the 38th Parallel and Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), touring Kim Il Sung’s mausoleum, exploring the captured spy ship USS Pueblo, and watching the extraordinary spectacle of the Arirang Mass Games — one of the largest and most colourful live performances in the world.

Phone 1300 856 661 or visit

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American Empress … modern facilities, traditional style.

Worldwide Cruise Centres’ 13-day ‘Frontiers, Pioneers and Vineyards’ fly-cruise-and-stay holiday explores the US Pacific North-West this October.

Prices start at $6699 per person twin-share, including return flights from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne and a seven-night paddle-wheel riverboat cruise along the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard American Empress.

The cruise includes complimentary shore excursions in every port, and complimentary wine and beer with dinner.


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 The Pantry … replacing the traditional buffet on Pacific Jewel

P&O Cruises’ new dining concept — The Pantry — will debut on Pacific Jewel when it sails from Brisbane in June.

Replacing the ship’s traditional buffet, The Pantry will provide an international marketplace of eight fresh food outlets and a bar, designed to take guests around the world before they even set sail.

Options will include: gourmet seafood from Hook’s Fish & Chips; Kettle & Bun, a delicatessen offering fresh sandwiches, salads and soup; and the Curry House, featuring spicy delights from India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa and the Caribbean.


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Beautiful and culturally rich … Portugal’s Douro Valley.

Scenic has added Portugal’s Douro Valley to its European river-cruise program for 2016.

The 11-day ‘Unforgettable Douro’ is priced from $6875 per person twin-share and includes an earlybird offer of free return flights to Europe.

It meanders down the Douro from World-Heritage-listed Porto to Vega de Terron over the Spanish border, taking in the vineyards, historic towns and villages, and the rich culture this region has to offer.

Phone 138 128 or visit

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Sovereign Hill’s Victorian-style buildings will be lit up with large-scale image projections.

For the coming school holidays (June 27 to July 12), Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill will be transformed into a winter playground with a special Christmas-in-July program.

During the day, Sovereign Hill will come alive with festivity, as Victorian-style Christmas trees and colourful decorations adorn Main Street, carolers delight with their favourite renditions of well-known carols, and snowflakes gently fall over the buildings.

At night, Main Street will sparkle as its Victorian-style buildings are lit up with large-scale image projections.

Phone (03) 5337 1199 or visit

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Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit … save 50 per cent

Save 50 per cent on a stay at Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit.

Pay from $214 per night, including all fees and taxes.

The property is moments away from the Emporium, Bangkok National Museum and a BTS Skytrain station.

Book and stay by July 26.

Phone ‎1800 687 236 or visit

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 Cruising the Ganges … getting right into the heart of India

Save $1661* per person on Insider Journeys’ 14-night India package.

Pay from $6,643 per person twin-share, including a seven-night cruise aboard the Ganges Voyager 1 and seven nights hotel accommodation.

Touring highlights include Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi and Kolkata.

Book by May 30 for departures in November and February.

Phone 1300 138 755 or visit

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Seashells Yallingup … effectively pay from $129.50 per night

Pay for two or more nights at any of Seashells West Australian properties — located at Yallingup, Mandurah, Scarborough and Broome — and get the same number of extra nights free.

Taking free nights into consideration, pay, for instance, from $129.50 per night for a one-bedroom apartment at Seashells Yallingup.

The spacious, self-contained apartments are perfect for families, friends or couples.

Book by May 24 for stays until December 17 at Mandurah, Scarborough and Yallingup, and from October 11 until May 31 next year at Broome.

Phone 1800 800 850 or visit

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 Moorea … escape to a tropical paradise.

Take advantage of special Air Tahiti Nua fares and save on short-break packages.

Pay, for instance, from $1999 per person twin-share, for a five-night escape, including return air travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, three nights at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, and two nights at the Manava Suite Resort on Tahiti’s west coast.

Includes inter-island ferry transfer.

Book by May 18 for travel until March 1 next year.

Phone Spacifica Travel on 1800 800 722 or visit

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